The pair were killed when their Audi jumped a red light, clipped a van and collided with a bridge in South Tottenham in the early hours of Friday, police said.

The car’s 30-year-old driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The dead men, aged in their late 20s or early 30s, have not been identified.

They died after officers on routine patrol became suspicious of the Audi, which appeared to make-off at speed when it was driven past police just before 02:00 GMT, officers said.

Dead at scene

After several minutes searching for the car, which had been travelling in the opposite direction, police spotted the vehicle several hundred yards away and sought to catch up.

“Officers gave CPR prior to the arrival of ambulances, but both were pronounced dead at the scene,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The driver of the Audi was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be serious.

The driver of the white van was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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